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  • Most commonly used TB test fails to accurately diagnose pregnant HIV+ women

    The most commonly used test for tuberculosis fails to accurately diagnose TB in up to 50 percent of pregnant women who are HIV+, new research has found. The research is believed to be the first study to compare the accuracy of two TB tests – the Quantiferon Gold In Tube® blood test and the more commonly used TST or tuberculin skin test—in this population.

    26 January 2016 | Science Daily
  • Unlikely perk of prison life: Free, speedy TB treatment

    South African jails are making notable strides in screening for, and curing, tuberculosis.

    12 January 2016 | Mail & Guardian
  • Scientists use breakthrough DNA technology to diagnose cases of TB faster

    Whole Genome Sequencing is a faster, cheaper and more effective way of diagnosing tuberculosis says a new study published in the journal Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

    07 December 2015 | University of Oxford press release
  • London areas have higher TB than Iraq

    Parts of London have higher rates of tuberculosis than Rwanda, Iraq or Guatemala, a report from the London Assembly says. Some wards in Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow and Newham have rates of more than 150 per 100,000.

    27 October 2015 | BBC Health
  • Large-scale study underscores value of routine Xpert testing on TB, MDR TB case finding

    A study of more than 100,000 patients with suspected tuberculosis at 18 sites across India showed that routine testing using Xpert molecular technology rather than the most commonly used — and oldest — diagnostic tool of examining a sputum smear under a microscope, increased detection of TB by 39 percent and led to five times the rate of detecting resistance to a TB treatment medicine.

    28 May 2015 | Science Speaks
  • Decline in U.S. Tuberculosis Rates Slows: CDC

    As health officials in Kansas struggle with an outbreak of tuberculosis at a local high school, federal officials reported Thursday that the annual decline in U.S. cases is slowing.

    20 March 2015 | HealthDay
  • South Africa: Pledge to turn tide in the war on TB

    A massive tuberculosis screening programme to the tune of half a billion rand will begin next month, covering three areas of society most vulnerable to the disease, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said yesterday at a briefing held in Pretoria. Every prisoner in the country will be screened for tuberculosis from next month. If inmates test positive, their families will be tracked and also tested for the disease. There are over 150,000 prisoners in South Africa.

    17 February 2015 | Times Live
  • PHE and NHS England launch joint £11.5m strategy to wipe out TB in the UK

    Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England have today (19 January 2015) announced an £11.5 million investment as part of a collaborative initiative to decrease TB cases and ultimately eliminate TB as a public health problem in England.

    19 January 2015 | Public Health England press release
  • Xpert TB Takes Twice Longer Than Standard TB Test In HIV+ Of Durban

    Xpert MTB/RIF testing for pulmonary tuberculosis in a central lab took twice longer than sputum smear microscopy among HIV-positive patients with suspected pulmonary TB in Durban, South Africa. The authors believe Xpert results in “operational delays that limit the test's clinical utility for diagnosing pulmonary TB” in their patients.

    09 December 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • UNITAID: Tuberculosis diagnostics technology and market landscape – 3rd edition

    UNITAID releases today its 2014 Tuberculosis Diagnostics Technology and Market Landscape, detailing the promising pipeline of products and technologies to diagnose tuberculosis (TB). The report highlights current and emerging technologies from over 80 manufacturers and developers, including products which are smaller, simpler and easier to use.

    01 October 2014 | EATG
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